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. there are actually three different bills on personal care products in congress right now, there's the good bill, which does these things, there's the newt ra bill which keeps the status quo and then what's kind of a bad bill, and they all sound like they're good because they all sound like, you know, safety of chemicals in cosmetic, they all have those words but they don't really all do that so i think it's also important as you're thinking about these things to go to a reputable organization that you trust is going to give you real information and support the kinds of laws that they're supporting rather than one that's maybe a bill posed by the industry that, guess what, wants to be self-regulating. okay, so now we are moving to the driveway, and this is really interesting because we think about low emissions cars as being really important for maybe climate change but they also might be important for breast cancer because when fuel is burning and you guys are familiar with chemicals that, you know, come bust, lower emissions vehicle, one that's more efficient may reduce these pah's in our air
colleagues in congress helped kree yit. >> yes. by the way, there's other things involved to be working on right now. money for sandy, the money -- >> what's the latest on that? really quickly. >> the senate's got to pass it. amendments to be taken care of. you say you don't have enough time to do this legislation that will keep us from drifting in to a recession, we need to do the same thing, the same amount of courage to deal with sandy right away and stop nitpick this legislation. >> congressman -- >> new jersey and new york are presenters when it comes to taxes. our state's pay high taxes. when were there when katrina victims, that's beside the point of red or blue states. you do what you have to do. that's what needs to be done right now. not only is the budget critical right now, sandy's critical and a lot of other thing that is need to be done there. amt. >> all right. >> look at the folks -- >> congressman. >> don't have a payroll. >> congressman, i have to cut you off. >> okay. >> but thank you so much. >> thank you, craig. >> keep us posted on the progress if there is any. >>>
they are prepared for the possibility of a storm this saturday. reporting live, develop right >> you can track snow using our iphone and android app. also, get the updated forecast every day apple wbaltv.com. just click on weather. one big item that congress did not cross over -- cross of the christmas list -- the fiscal cliff. is congress any closer to a compromise? we have more on that from washington. >> kate, house speaker john boehner is calling lawmakers back to washington on sunday with the votes scheduled for early evening. right now, there is no fiscal agreement for them to vote on. with the nation teetering on the brink, president obama return to washington to work on a deal. >> the american people have a right to be upset with this congress. >> the finger pointing continues with democratic leaders accusing house speaker john boehner of putting his political ambitions ahead of the country's fiscal help. >> it is obvious what he is doing. he is waiting until january 3 to get reelected as speaker before entering serious negotiations. >> boehner says that senator reid should "talk less and l
because you have a new congress coming, right? >> you have a new congress and you have all the taxes automatically going up. republicans can vote for a tax cut. democrats are in a stronger position because they have more tax cuts that they want. i would get familiar with the phrase the last train leaving the station which is always the last bill coming off capitol hill before the session ends. this gets chalked up with a lot of stuff. it could even be monday. senate has a last train leaving the station. mcconnell decides not to block amendments, gets to the floor of the senate, gets to the floor, gets passed. i don't think it's unreasonable to think that can conceivably happen. >> mike, we don't have a lot of time, but do you see that as being reasonable that mcconnell would go down that route? >> mcconnell, i don't great with steve. i've had january 10th in the pool for quite some time as the day they come to an agreement. i think the question is will the republicans have any leverage at that point to get the spending cuts and entitlement reforms that were on the table before they'r
it the milk cliff. just like tax rates, if congress doesn't approve a farm bill by january 1st, the price of milk could go up. way up. right now, an average gallon costs $3.65. it could soar to between $6 and $8. >> that would be a pretty big impact. >> we would probably still be going through it but maybe cut down on other things. >> reporter: it wouldn't be just milk prices. all dairy products would be affected. imagine if wisconsin cheddar costs more than imported french brie. what would that mean for the average grilled cheese? one part of the large and very complicated farm bill controls the dairy market. without it, pricing would go back to an outdated law put in place during the truman era. the government would be required to buy dairy products based on 1949 production costs, when milking was done by hand. that would double today's price. farmers would lose incentive to sell directly to producers, and prices in the grocery store would sky rocket. >> it can't happen. it just can't happen. >> reporter: farmers like skip hardy in new york say it would be nice to get high prices from t
together and compromises on these very consentious issues? >> right now congress, the 20% rate plus the 3.8% rate on -- on the health care reform, that's still widening the debt bias. what happens when you widen the debt bias? companies leverage more. companies that are leveraged companies they invest less and create less jobs. >> yeah, go ahead. >> finally, investors get hooked into debt securities. short term higher income and long term inflation kills you. >> but you know how debt works. i mean, that is a -- has been a growth engine in our economy for corporations and individuals. >> we live on debt. >> we borrow to pay for our homes, corporations borrow to pay for factories. >> debt is not terrible, but let's not tax debt -- let not tax borrowing less and let's have investing, and that's the part. i don't think the administration that this is a giant gift for private equity. >> okay. >> because they use -- they use tax efficient debt to go leverage companies, pick them off. >> thank you so much for joining us today. >> making the case for the individual investor out there living on th
the fiscal cliff talks? and some new years resolutions on congress. we will be right back. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty mh access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. gerri: it is official coming house will be back to deal with the fiscal cliff monday afternoon. harry reid asked the politicians to blame john boehner for everything. joining me now, chairman and cofounder. great to have you back. i mean, come on, harry reid was crazy today. >> american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it iit's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. gerri: how do you respond to that? john boehner quinones says to make everything not happen? >>
. >> not this democrat. i would absolutely support it. >> unfortunately you are not in congress. >> you are right. >> i talked to republicans. i said, listen, if tomorrow the democrats had an epiphany and decided representative ryan planes for making medicare a voucher system were the best thing to do, would you vote to raise taxes on millionaires and have them? they say no. i mean -- >> you can't get anywhere with these two. >> we are going over the cliff. >> five days left and people are asking, will there be a deal or no deal? more important question and jimmy referred to this is what kind of deal? there are worse things than make nothing deal a bad deal would be much worse. >> all right. great to have you. enjoyed it. >> happy new year. >> i love the bow tie. good to see. >> did you thank you. >>> now to the winter storm sweeping across the country. the weather channel's kelly cass joins us now with the details. >> good evening. we are still dealing with a winter storm that's bringing blizzard conditions at times. lot of wind blowing the snow behind and we are talking one to two feet of snow accumu
have in congress is going to be dictated by this very hard right tea party caucus, and so they're not in a position of strength. they're in a position of -- sme, they're in a possession of strength. that dictate what is issues get tackles and the interaction between congress and the presidency. >> as long as the hard right is only afraid of the hard right back home, the further hard right, they have a lot of strength. >> yeah, and i don't think this type of party can become a governing party for those reasons. >> do they want it? do they want to? >> some of them don't. some would rather go down fighting. >> you can survive in congress for 30 or 40 years simply issuing press releases trashing the government. >> easily. >> that's all you have to do. >> there's 100-plus that could be there forever. >> they're all stuck with the committee chairs. the democrats would love to be the committee chairs and the republicans would love to be the ranking opposite member who doesn't have to do anything. it's so bad. anyway, what a disgrace. ryan grim, thank you. you have been great. glen, yo
on adoptions is part of their revenge for a set of human rights sanctions passed by the united states congress and signed in to law earlier this movement russia is the third most popular country for americans to adopt. over 60,000 of them have happened since the fall of the soviet union but recently very have become a political football. officials point to the cases of 19 children who have died after being adopted by americans. the issue caught fire in 2010 when this boy was put on a plane alone by his adopted mother. the majority of russians support the ban but it's also sparked outrage among many who say this is playing politics with children. the griffins meanwhile are holding out for a miracle. >> you hope that it's not a door shut but just -- that it's just a hurdle, a delay, we simply don't know. >> reporter: abc news. >> and now, maryland's most accurate forecast. >> take a look at it. sunset comes early these days no question. current conditions now at the airport 37 degrees. winds are west at 16, been a gusty day with high wind advisories across the area. we continue to see the wi
for us to go over the fiscal cliff and then taxes will rise, right, but then congress will reconvene on january 3rd and vote to cut taxes. is that appliable solution in your mind? >> it kind of it, pretty much what i feel will happen. they have a little bit of wiggle room. the majority of this is not going to be felt until 2014 for the majority of the income tax rise so that causes congress to force them to make a deal knowing that we actually are operating under a higher tax rate right now, even though americans won't feel it, so it's almost like an additional leverage for those who actually want to make a deal and get something done. i just want somebody, like starbucks, we all need to come together. >> and quit kicking the can down the road, darn it. >> exactly. >> ryan thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> ryan has been with us all week tackling the fiscal effects on your pocketbook. tomorrow, what the fiscal cliff means for your retirement. >>> from the strange case of the technology pioneer john mcafee on the run to so many tragic shootings, we have the top
there would be probably a very negative effect on january 2nd. the new congress would be sworn in on january 3rd. there would be more democrats in the senate and the house and the discussions beginning on right now particularly among democratic leaders in congress is they feel they would have enough votes and enough political pressure on them and on republicans to get something done very fast if not before january 1st. >> you're going to be a busy girl. dana, thank you. as if we needed another deadline, the treasury is warning that the nation's debt will hit the ceiling on new year's eve. the debt showdown last summer is what led to the fiscal cliff we're facing right now. just one more complication or bargaining chip. remind us, you're the best at putting this in perspective. remind us why the debt ceiling is just as important as the fiscal cliff. >> let me take you back a little while. to the conversation about the bun ji jump. here's the problem. confidence doesn't react to a bun ji jump. if you stole my phone and then i got it back from you, it would take that time before i develop that tr
for you. you are watching "morning joe." here's what happens. right now it's time for that. take it away. >> aloha, hawaii. the president is on his way back to d.c. where for him it's about playing small ball with most members of congress still in their home district, speaker boehner put that ball in the senate's court. harry reid tossed it right back. are we looking at another lost day in the negotiations? hitching a right on air force one, the new senator from hawaii and it's not what we expected it to be. here we go again. the president in washington and another deadline. secretary geithner warns we will hit the debt ceiling even before we tumble over the fiscal cliff. good morning from washington. it is thursday, december 27th. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert. two days after christmas and washington is back to work trying to harsh out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate will get back from the session after holiday break. the president is expected to arrive back to the white house without his family to get back to twork mework to meet the loo deadline. mike is a
now. saying when congress wrote the cliff, defined it, spend cuts, increases on income, tax increase on state. they wrote it up as this horrible thing that nobody would want to face. either side, right? they designed it that way. now they're walking right over that cliff. over niagra falls. explain. >> it's like congress is on pluto and we're all on earth. they say they want deficit reduction. if you go over the cliff, you get deficit reduction, you just don't get it in the responsible, accountable way. it's like chopping off on arm. >> like says i want a shower, i'm going to niagra falls. >> they still can't get it done. we're dysfunctional. no other explanation. >> i think they can stop the roller coaster and make it go. they're doing a dance now because republicans don't want to do something to rates. obama wants to play hardball. but i think they'll have a different argument later in the year. >> i guess both believe it's better to go over the falls than cut a deal that's going to hurt them at home. tea party people don't respond to boehner or to cantor or mccarthy or any of them
is yes, but the politics are so difficult. i think what everybody ought to look like right now is what is going to happen on january 4th. that's the day after people are sworn in. if they don't make a deal, is this leadership going to tell members of congress, you can't leave down? are they going to cancel airplanes, not let them go to trade shows in las vegas, that's a very interesting question because normally members take off between the swearing in date of the 3rd and the inauguration on the 20th, this we're the 21st. yeah. i'm surprised. i don't ever recall anything like this. when i was in congress, people in leadership in both parties always had a rabbit in the hat. there doesn't appear to be any rabbit in the hat this time. >> mr. winston, i'll ask you, as someone who is close with speaker gingrich and who mr. gingrich had some folks not too fond of him within his own conference. do you think john boehner has been held hostage by 20 or so members that will come out against him heavily if he backed anything that looked like a tax increase? >> first up, this is an unusual situati
of it, having president obama back in washington today, and having congress still out, is not the right message to end. people right now feel that the republicans are the party of no, that they are the ones causing this, they are going to get blamed. the fact of the matter is, is that they are doing the fiscal responsible thing here and that's where they can hang their hat. is that they have to hold on for deficit spending, and they still have the debt ceiling to hold in their back pocket if they need to. >> so what would, if you had been advising boehner, what would you advise him to say yes to? >> well, you know, he has to push the president to get more spending cuts. >> well, he tried that. he tried that. the president's in the cat bird seat, though. the president can say no and the republicans still get blamed. >> and then he came up with this plan "b" is really where things went off the rail. because it just looked like a mess publicly. >> all right. keith, what -- i mean, i know that it's not your party, but what would you advise the republicans to do, if anything in the next two
as dropped to 350,000. futures are up right now. a letter from treasury secretary tam geithner to congress sent after the bell yesterday may also weigh on the markets. >> the woman accused of killing a grandmother and a drunk driving accident at the twin peaks without has made her first court appearance. 23 year old gina eunice is accused of a hit and run drunken-driving in vehicular manslaughter. the accident occurred three people and killed 56 year old yuee byao who was here visiting her new grandchild from china. the judge set the bail at $2 million. if she posted she must wear a scram device that checks to make sure she is not drink alcohol and is not allowed to drive. she will be back in court for arraignment on december 31st. we will be right back. >> the layout has settled car owners over unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010. the automaker has agreed to pay more than a billion dollars to install new safety features and compensate owners. driver's suit toyota becmats for gettingp causing their fee of vehicles to accelerate. under the agreement toyota will install a break over rid
directly into the hearts of any of these members of congress. >> if they have a heart, right? >> but i can gauge from what their public posturing is. we're not seeing any movement. we haven't seen any movement for many days now. the house republican leaders had a conference call with each other yesterday. afterward they got off and announced to everyone that they were in the exact same position they were before. they believe the senate must act, then the senate responded and said, look, we're in the exact same position, we believe the house ought to act on what we've done previously. the president is coming back from hawaii earlier than expected. that may be just to make sure he's not in hawaii when everyone goes off the cliff. >> and just real quickly, not to get too much into the weeds but this is pretty much in harry reid's court. he's got to come up with some kind of a deal that the president will be willing to sign and that the house will somehow pass before he brings it to the table, is that right? >> i think senator reed and the white house are in close consultation. he's been a tre
done -- and by "this congress" i mean when it's been divided between republicans in the house and democrats in the senate. it has been that both parties, that is, the left of the democratic party and the right of the republican party are kind of left to vote yay or nay by themselves and they form a consensus in the middle. does john boehner need nancy pelosi in order to get anything passed? >> reporter: yes, absolutely. no question about it. that became incredibly obvious when he couldn't even get his own republicans to effectively save them from themselves and at least have some political cover by voting to keep tax cuts in place for everybody except millionaires because they said they wouldn't help him with what they call a political ploy. i think that's true but actually talking to people on both sides of the aisle here, because the ball is now in the senate -- the senate's court, the feeling is that if they can kind of break the dam in the senate and if something actually passes, you've already seen over the past two days house republicans saying that they hadn't said befo
way back to washington right now but not all the lawmakers are there and if congress and the president do not reach a compromise before january 1st many analysts say the economy will slide back into a recession. gregg: mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. mike, any indication of the president's next move? >> reporter: well, gregg, last time we heard the president talk about the this matter he said he was calling on congressional leaders to essentially make sure taxes do not go up on middle class americans. presumably that would be a package that continues the bush tax cuts for those making up to $250,000. he would also like to continue emergency unemployment benefits for two million americans. and beyond that, details are kind of murky at this point. so we await the president to get back to washington. we know that the senate will be back in session today. we know there have been some conversations back and forth but at this point no indication that steps have moved forward closer to a deal, gregg. gregg: so, mike, if the senate comes back, what do we expect from them today? and then
's a very delicate balance to strike. and this is not a congress that's proven so adept at delicate situations over the last few years. >>> if my calculations are correct, and it looks like i did the work all right, you did not spend any time at all on christmas day or the day after thinking about the farm bill. if you did, maybe we can be friends, because you and i we get along, we know what is up. the farm bill is a big deal. not just a policy to farmers, but to people who purchase and eat food. particularly if you purchase any dairy products which may skyrocket in price. we're talking $7 milk here, people. which is why you may want to pay attention to tonight's challenge. can we in two minutes or less, explain the farm bill and why it might totally mess up your grocery bill? can we get the clock? we have the clock. all right. here we go, the farm bill covers billions of dollars in farm programs. america needs a stable farm economy, which we currently kind of have. congress always passes a farm bill or renews one that is in effect. they do it, because if they don't do it, the farm
security and the rights of american citizens. it is the responsibility of congress to find that balance between the will of the many and the rights of the few. the security of the country and the freedom of its citizens. in times of war and crisis, finding this balance is a delicate balance, can be even more challenging and there are unfortunately times in our nation's history when we've lost sight of our principles and what the united states represents as a nation. i understand that the law requires the intelligence community to conduct oversight of f.a.a. implementation, that the foreign intelligence surveillance court reviews the legality of the procedures, and that the congressional intelligence committees conduct our own oversight of fisa programs. but nearly all of this oversight is conducted in secret, and i know my constituents trust me to conduct this oversight, but i believe the people, too, have a real in keeping a watchful eye on the government. as senators rockefeller and wyden wrote in a letter to the bush administration officials in 2008, "secrecy comes with a cost whic
. if not let's at least get the framework to set it up and finish it off right away. either way we have to get a deal done before congress gets adjourned or get a deal done in the new congress. there is enough proposals put forward. get the deal we need to get things on track. adam: we should point out i think senator scott brown out of massachusetts leaking some details what people are expecting the white house to be sending to both sides, democrats and republicans on the hill. do you think that what the president's going to send is something that john boehner can sell to his caucus? >> it needs to be. look there has to be more savings. what the president has talked about is more revenue but the concern is, that if the revenue goes to more spending you haven't solved the deficit and the debt. the real secret to getting this thing working is getting economic growth that generates revenue rather than higher taxes. those are elements that we need to get a deal that works and that's why we think there's chance here if the president will come back with some of those savings in his proposal. adam:
for members of congress to vote for a tax cut which is what they are voting for than what right now they are voting for a tax increase. >> thank you. we'll continue to watch it along with you. >> more raw politics now with david girgin and alice stewart. good to see all after you. maria i'll start with you tonight. you have been around washington excite a while and watched these 11th hour negotiations. it seems that democrats will not budge on their insistence that the taxes be raised for the wealthiest americans. >> it does. i think a couple of things are at work here. the first one is you said it. democrats are not going to budge. and i don't think that they should. if there was one thing that was clear about what president obama and the democrats campaigned on, this past election cycle and by the way he won, was exactly this fall back plan or the small piece of tax cuts being extended for 98% of american families and 97% of small businesses. there is a bill in the senate sitting there right now that the house could actually vote on. they don't need to wait for anything to pass th
. congress must act to preserve americans' constitutional right to be secure in their persons, their papers and effects and against unreasonable searches and seizures. thank you very much, mr. president. i note the absence of a quorum. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: will the senator suspend his request? the senator from montana. mr. tester: mr. president, thank you. i want to visit about the fisa amendments act, and i want to thank senator wyden for his leadership on this issue and for offering an amendment to this act that i have cosponsored, and i'll speak on it in just a minute. on our vote tomorrow, i will say that i will reluctantly -- i reluctantly plan to oppose the vote on the fisa amendment's bill tomorrow when we get to final passage. there are many reasons for that. i am not naive. i do understand there are people out there who want to do harmful things to our nation. i very much appreciate the folks in the intelligence community who do difficult behind-the-scenes work that keeps us all safe. but at the same time i believe that our civil liberties and our right
away from a brand new year and the friendship rigs getting under-- preparations getting underway right now in new york city. 288 new panels that have doves carved into them and in year's them is going to be let there be peace. >>> five days and counting. the president and congress are back in d.c. today but that doesn't mean there's any hope of avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional officials say no negotiations have been set and without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over raising taxes. >>> news time right now 5:47. starbucks will tackle the fiscal cliff one cup at a time. the ceo how old shut wants workers in the -- howard schultz wants workers in the d.c. area store to write come together on the coffee cups they serve today and tomorrow. he says it's the company's way of respectfully telling politicians they need to find common ground. >> if people would get in the room and lee their ego behind and not be so skewed towards the party but be so sensitive to the lens of the american
is sketchy. in fact, it is was the n.r.a. and other gun rights movement have scared congress into passing rules into keeping data. we do know for sure. some estimates put it at 40% of guns by unlicensed sellers. but nobody really knows. we know the number of background checks performed. we don't know the rest. guest: we don't have a registry of gun owners and, in fact, the rules are opposite. the rules are so strict that the f.b.i. can't keep data on its gun checks more than 24 hours. they have to purge their data every day and that includes data of people who have been prohibited from buying guns. there is other perverse things in the law. if you are on the terrorist watch list and prohibited from flying you are not in the instant check system, you are not prohibited from buying a gun unless you follow in one of those categories. host: if the f.b.i. has to purge within 24 hours, could somebody buy a gun every three days, two three days or so? are there limits on how many guns you can buyin a year? guest: there is not a federal limit. you can buy a dozen guns or two dozen guns, you can bu
of this is. the problem is that charles is somewhat right that the letter from secretary treasury geithner is not true and he would never inform leaders in congress we only had five days before we discuss the default. that wouldn't happen in a real world. it wasn't accurate. the speaker told the membership today he thinks it's more like february. charles is right. you get more revenue in, if you go over the cliff. they won't keep that it way. they wouldn't restore tax cuts. combination would be too severe of the spending cuths with all the tax cuts gone. that becomes the enormous fight. you do get up involved in late january or late february with the revenue. it's an enormous fight, amount we raise the debt creeling to amount they cut debt ceiling. a fight that obama should not want to have. it's interesting to me if he doesn't act in the next couple of days with what charles calls a generous deal he gets himself in to really unstable waters, economically. something we have never seen before. then we look at the global waters rattling toward real default, not the january 1 cliff. republica
of four dead americans that the numbers were just right. it indicated that she is incompetent and out of touch with reality. you will not see it happen again. she will not perform to standard. it is inevitable . congress is off when it is time for the holiday. they tried to find out if it was true. they haven't said the judgeds are still on the pay roll can receiving a salary. do these people still have a job? >> i am sure they do. whatever they say you need to look deeper in this case they are moved around and shuffle the chairs. these people took a bullet and they will be protected and if you can't get fired over sevore incompetence what can you get fired over. >> clayton: hillary clinton is out with a concussion and could be senator john kerry going through the approval process x. we'll not have a approval process until we hear from secretary clinton. >> she said publicly she took responsibility . what are you doing to be accountable for the failure. the question is what did she know. did she know he was in danger or putting himself in danger. both roads lead back to her. they are
by next friday. with no deal in congress, the jobless benefits end. and for those depend on the on those extend and unemployment checks on a weekly basis, right now will be the time to ration food since it's still not certain that there are benefits coming next week. and for those trying to plan ahead for anyone about to pass, the inheritance cast could shoot up to 50% if we go over the cliff. and not to mention the stock market, we all know that investors do not like uncertainty. so really hitting us from all sides. >> it's like we have one foot over the cliff already. >>> did you give thought to the "fiscal cliff" when doing your christmas shopping? many americans did because cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us retail numbers weren't good. >> reporter: i'm at union square which is mobbed. it's swinging. i spent the day here and it didn't get active until a couple of hours ago and as i look around, i don't see a lot of people with bags. i'm not sure they're shopping. but the retailers really hope they will because because they are in a lot of hurt. susan wanted to buy toys for her gra
of congress. they made this so onerous with the belief it would make them do something less onerous and now they're right up against it. >> they really know how to make these crises happen. political correspondent and writer, john howard, thank you very much for joining me and former labor secretary robert reich, thank you for joining me tonight. >>> coming up, the nra has done much more damage than you think. and they've made gun ownership much harder to trace. >>> and the romneys keep trying new explanations for why mitt lost. but they aren't getting any closer to the truth. and as some of you on twitter already know, i am wearing a christmas gift or two on the show tonight. there is still time to tweet your guesses about what it is. the answer to what christmas gift or gifts am i wearing is coming up. abetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. ti
with this right now. so in terms of her own position, it's not like she's a nominee. she has to deal with congress. she doesn't even -- she managed to dodge the whole situation on benghazi pretty well for herself. you know, the tougher questions are being faced by her old foe, the president right now, who's in this incredibly difficult position. and losing stwo nominees is not a small thing. it does impact the rest of the budget debate, too. >> and what newt gingrich is also saying is that she would be very difficult to beat. that's what you hear around washington is that republicans who used to love the idea of having hillary clinton out there as the latest pinata, they're very worried that that's going to mean three democratic wins in a row. richard's point about how she's -- how the record that she has as secretary of state, they backed off her. secretary clinton's people point out that her polls are as high as they've ever been, despite this publicity. there's been no decline in her standing. so republicans who are salivating at the idea of having her for fund-raising and having her because sh
reagan right through new year's day. later tonight, returning members of congress. we sit down with retiring senator ben nelson, part of the gang of 14 that helped negotiate a compromise over judicial -- and interviews with retiring house members. republican jerry lewis. and a conversation with lynn woolsey on anti-war work in congress. >> i enjoy that it is straight forward, comprehensive, without a pundit interjecting and that is what i really appreciate. anyone looking to become more familiar with how government works. >> she watches c-span on verizon, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. a look at the housing market for the next year from today's washington journal. this >> "washington journal" continues. host: lawrence yun is the chief economist and senior vice president for the national association of realtors. how would you assess the housing markets today? guest: thanks for inviting me, peter. housing market has turned for the better in 2012. the home sales overall look to be about 10% better this
voters or viewers happy, is because politically it's going to be a lot easier for members of congress to vote for a tax cut which will be what they will be voting for if everybody's taxes go up, than right now what they're voting for, at least some people a tax increase. >> dana bash, thank you. more raw politics with david gergen, maria car gug go and alex stewart. good to see all of you. maria, i'll start with you. you've been around washington for white a while and have watched these 11th hour negotiations. it seems that democrats will not budge on their insistence that the taxes be raised for the wealthiest americans. does it seem we're headed off the cliff? >> it does. i think a couple of things are at work here. the first one is you said it. democrats are not going to budge. and i don't think that they should. if there was one thing that was clear about what president obama and the democrats campaigned on, this past election cycle and by the way he won, was exactly this fallback plan or the small piece of tax cuts being extended for 98% of american families and 97% of small busi
better. there's a reason why obama is leading this thing right now. he won the election. he now has the right, morally and politically to force his version of a deal upon people. we also have to consider the dynamics of congress. you know, boehner is going to be coming up to a speaker election january 3rd. all it will require is 17 republicans to overthrow him if they don't support him. that is a tiny number. you could argue this is inherently unstable. you could argue that maybe we're going to get it. some talk about bringing him an outside speaker like john huntsman. and i don't see that happening. but you get a sense of anything could happen in this system. >> and maybe it's a benefit. maybe in the long-term, but certainly right now there does seem to be a sense that it is a small group of people holding the rest of the process hostage. >> oh, yes. i'm trying to find something good to say about something. because the alternative is china, you know? i'd rather have a -- >> is that the case, though? is there not an alternative that you see and other examples as you look whether it'
based on congress -- i don't know, but thank you for the commentary. have a great new year. >> thank you, gerri. gerri: we will be right back with my "two cents more" and my "two cents more" and my answers the question of the day. how much did you spend this christmas season? stay with us. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, u'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. you realize that 49 million americans struggle with hunger? that's one out of every 6 americans. these people are around us every day. they're our friends, they're our coworkers, their kids go to school with our kids. sometime we're not even aware that they're struggling. this problem is closer than you think, but so is the solution. announcer: play a rol
, when you look at these are strategists, pun diss on the right, when they oor saying it's time to stand up, how long will it be before boehner and some of those in the congress say i just got to say this is killing our party and is hurting the nation. >> i think john boehner is well aware of the pickle that the party is in. this is a guy who is a pragmatist on some level. but the question is what can he do? you have a base. and the purists are in control of the primary elections and you wind up with a house that doesn't agree with compromise. any time boehner gets too close to some kind of compromise that they don't like, they are standing there with knives ready to kind of oust him and put somebody else in there. >> she's absolutely right. that idea of ideological purism. you're starting to see this. you're starting to reference the give up debate. they don't want any change, even with 20 babies dead in newtown. they want no new laws. we really have almost no laws restricting guns at all. but they want no new laws, no new change. so they move from the party wealthy, now to the party of
b vote. once we go over the cliff, republicans are ready for a tax cut, not an increase. right now that's what the big challenge is. >> chip, is that the biggest strategy here, get to the third and pass the third, the new congress comes in, boehner danger doesn't exist anymore, his speakership stays in place and grover norquist gives a thumbs up to up? >> i don't think that was the strategy a week ago. i think the speaker was trying to put the deal together, as we've seen the senate not -- i think that may become the strategy. i've always thought they would wait until the last hour, put a band eight on it, but wait until the iii so they can vote for a tax cut makes sense as well. >> marjorie, there will be people on the left looking at this. this is basically a clean late. does the left look at this as a way for the president to stand firm in the fact that in one federal voice he was reelected on taxes going up. so is this going to be palatability to the left if the president is standing firm? >> absolutely. you've seen his numbers have increased since the election and also increas
and why it might totally mess up your grocery bill? can we get the clock? we have the clock. all right. here we go, the farm bill covers billions of dollars in farm programs. america needs a stable farm economy, which we currently kind of have. congress always passes a farm bill or renews one that is in effect. they do it, because if they don't do it, the farm legislation lapses and we revert to farm laws between 1938 and '39. the house has not even voted on its version. congress doing nothing about even the stuff everyone is paying attention to, not to mention being famously not in session, it seems highly unlikely the house is going to get it done in time. so what? here's what, in one example. if there is no new farm bill six days from now, the government will have to abide by the provisions of a 19 49d law regarding milk. that would require them to buy milk from dairy farmers at hugely inflated prices. if that law takes effect again in 2013, the government will be forced to pay double what it currently pays for milk. for a short time it will be awesome for dairy farmers, they can se
almost interchangeably, the abbreviated name is fisa. and when it was written in 1978, congress applied justice brandeis' principles to intelligence gathering. the congress said when they wrote the original fisa legislation in 1978, they really said that justice brandeis, you know, got it right with respect to how you ought to gather intelligence. so the original fisa statute stated that if the government wants to collect an american's communications for intelligence purposes, the government must go to a court, show evidence that the american is a terrorist or a spy, and get an individual warrant. this upheld the same principle that the founding fathers fought for in the revolution, it's the same principle enshrined in the bill of rights, and it said that government officials are not allow to invade americans' privacy unless they have specific evidence and an individual warrant. now, after 9/11, mr. president, the bush administration decided that it would seek additional surveillance authorities beyond what was in the original foreign intelligence surveillance act statute. now, to our g
seeing that congress and the white house have not reached a deal. >> for those of us keeping score, if there's a fiscal cliff deal, there will be a new senator voting. >> that's right. sworn in a new minutes ago. i made reference to vice president joe biden, here to swear in the new senator representing hawaii, brian shatz. only the circus senator -- sixth senator to represent hawaii. he's a democrat. it will be interesting to see exactly how he weighs in at some point over the fiscal cliff mess in the final days of 2012. >> mike, thank you. on top of those fiscal cliff concerns, the treasury secretary, timothy geithner, warns we're set to hit the debt ceiling new year's eve, the max amount we're allowed to spend. the current limit is $16.4 trillion. he says the obama administration will work to make sure the u.s. does not default on loans right away but the debate will be another drag on the economy. with us, the chief business correspondent for u.s. news and world report, rick newman, and author of rebounders, how winners pivot from setback to success. talk about the debt ceiling
it look where you are? pretty empty. >> reporter: well it is pretty normal right now, harris. it seems to be running normal now for members of congress who are trying to get here as well as folks traveling for the who today's. just a few cancellations and delays up on the boards but i can't say the same for airports up there in new england that maria was just talking about. i looked at the schedule for bangor, maine, for example, and i saw flights canceled in bangor for washington, d.c. as well as new york. now nationally we've seen fewer flight cancellations than yesterday. 548 so far today, compared to nearly 1800 yesterday. about 700 the day before, but you can see the domino effect of a storm on the entire system at this map on flight radar 24.com. all the orange airplanes on this map represent flight delays of five minutes or more. and you can see most of them are orange right now. now members of the house do not have to come back to washington right now for a vote on anything. there's nothing for them to vote on. house speaker boehner has not called them back into session. he say
it be with congress or strikes, there need to be consequences for people's actions, stuart. stuart: you're right. here we are at the end of the year, we've run out of money and a fiscal cliff crisis on our hands, dock workers are probably going to go on strike. it's coming to a head and we thought everything would be resolved by the election we had a couple of months ago, it's just not working, is it. >> no, it's not. we thought it would be a slow news cycle and certainly that's not happening. stuart: no, no, no, it's not happening. of course in the news business, that's kind of good news, isn't it? carol roth, we appreciate you being with us. thanks indeed, carol. toyota, here is the news, it's going to pay a fine of 1.1 billion dollars. it will settle those lawsuits, remember the scandal? that unintended ak sole ration n some cars that took off on their own. the-- that's actually up. it's a lot of money to pay for a fine, but investors knew it was coming and factored into the stock and maybe some relief it's only, quote, unquote, 1.1 billion. the next question, of 1.1 billion how much did the lawyer
time to deal with the debt. everybody knows it. that was the whole idea, right? this was the big plan. election year is too divisive to get anything done. just kick the lame duck. so what happened? why can't congress find a way to work together, even with a gun at their head? >> because they don't get along. i think it may have been naive of some of us to think that the election was going to be the magic formula and they would play well in the sand box after the election. what's it going to take? i think it's going to take for us to go off the cliff and the american public demanding action. i think we're going to see that over and over again. it's going to be the american public demanding action on gun control. it's going to be the american public demanding action on immigration because we have to force them to act. >> but american public also has to stop acting as if they play no role in this. when you look at our politics over the last 20 years, if you were a moderate democrat and if you were a moderate republican, you frankly have been forced out of both parties, so as a result, yo
and jeff in. >> all right, chip thank you very much. >>> the world's largest coffee chain is sending a message to congress about the fiscal cliff. for the rest of the week, employees in the washington, d.c., area will all write "come together" on starbucks cups instead of consumers' names. in an online letter starbucks ceo howard schultz says the company has responsibility to send a respectful and optimistic message. >>> hawaii lieutenant governor brian schatz was chosen yesterday to succeed senator daniel inouye who died last week. schatz is now flying to washington on air force one with president obama. he could be sworn in as early as today. >>> we may swear to our doctors that we're getting checked for cancer, but a new study finds we're actually dropping the ball. the university of miami study found the general public did not meet any government recommendations for cancer screenings except for colorectal cancer. cancer survivors had higher screening rates and they got recommended cancer screenings for all types except cervical cancer. but the study also s
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